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Ekta: 160 Faces by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Text by Richard Baird

Art book by generatively designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish contemporary artist Ekta

160 Faces is a new publication from Swedish artist Daniel Götesson working under the name Ekta, designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist and distributed under the studio’s publishing arm ll’Editions. The book collates 160 drawings made by the artist in 2019, and sequenced, rather than in logical pairs and with a curated rhythm, but by using an algorithm developed by the studio. Applied using modern print technologies, each book becomes a unique experience of unexpected outcomes. The viewer is thus involved in formulating meaning between human faces that were algorithmically paired, and outside of the hands of the artist. This intersection of machine generated results, a very human image and artistic expression, continues in the typesetting of title pages and colophon. Here, Lundgren+Lindqvist designed a basic framework for the artist, who wrote all the necessary text with the same crayon he used when creating the drawings.

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Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now Catalogue by Studio fnt

Text by Richard Baird

A look at the catalogue for the exhibition Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now, designed by Studio fnt.

Both Sides Now was an exhibition of works by Argentinian contemporary artist Leandro Erlich. This took place at the Seoul Museum of Art between December 2019 and March 2020. Erlich’s installations employ mirrors, reflective surfaces, water and other materials to form optical illusions with the intention of transforming familiar, everyday spaces. Studio fnt worked to develop an identity for the exhibition that would establish a continuity of surfaces by drawing on one of the artist’s pieces to convey recurring ideas, proposals and motifs, those found throughout Erlich’s work. This connected supergraphics and programmes with posters, banners, digital displays and an exhibition catalogue.

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LogoArchive International by BP&O

Text by Richard Baird.

LogoArchive International by BP&O. A programme by Richard Baird

BP&O’s LogoArchive began in 2015 as an Instagram account documenting the form language and abstract form-making of corporate identity designers and commercial artists that developed between 1920–1989. This now has a following of over 160,000 people, and was then expanded upon in 2018 to include a series of zines published by BP&O. These include seven numbered issues and three Extra Issues, with a fourth due out soon. The LogoArchive.International programme intends to develop this further. By giving geo-specific teams access to LogoArchive’s extensive archive of logos we hope to continue in the publishing tradition of building cultural bridges and catalysing conversation around the cultural production of individual nations.

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